Dog obedience training is not only for puppies but also for YOU to deal with your dog’s whining problems. Puppy training largely depends on how you identify the genuine causes why your little friend is whining. A puppy is just a baby, so it makes perfect for it to whine and cry if it needs attention related to food, protection, play, or illness. Like with your baby in the crib, you would want to stop that noise…that whining.
If you want to stop your puppy whining habit from developing into a grown-up undesirable behavior, you must refrain from giving in to your puppy’s whining. But, be sure you know how to distinguish a legitimate complaint from an aimless whining because it is possible that there is a problem you would not discover if your puppy would not whine about it.
Puppy whining may not even be a habit; maybe it just started out of nowhere and you can’t deal with whining so you need help. It will help you to know what causes the whining and get solutions to the problem. Your puppy might be complaining and trying to tell you some of the following things.
10 most common complaints of dogs that make them whine.
- Your puppy wants to play.
- He is cold, wet, hot, or he is dirty.
- He is hurting somewhere in his body.
- He does not like his place.
- He is bored.
- He needs to pee or poo (potty needs).
- He needs exercise and he cannot even get a walk with you.
- His water is dirty or he is hungry, way past his feeding time.
- He doesn’t want you to leave. This is separation anxiety which needs another whole article to discuss. It is a big deal to your puppy.
- He doesn’t feel loved. He feels neglected.
If you are reasonable, you can see that these are legitimate complaints for a puppy or a dog for that matter. It is a puppy’s instinct to get his mother dog’s attention to get what he needs. Now, if you have puppy in your household, something similar happens. You can try to check the essentials you have to provide as a responsible dog owner so that your puppy can forget about whining and be happy.
- He needs clean, dry bedding; somewhat personal and private for him to be quiet and contented when he needs to sleep or rest.
- Keep his food air-tight until feeding time and avoid giving him stale foods.
- His water must always be clean. The dog’s saliva is oily and sticky that the water will be dirty whenever he drinks.
- A puppy cannot hold his bladder and bowels long so he needs an effective and consistent potty training.
- He needs dog toys to keep him occupied and avoid boredom especially when left alone. But be sure the toys are not the ones that can develop fears such as squeaky toys that look like rodents.
- He needs your help to burn energy through exercise, play and puppy training to eliminate boredom.
Last but not the least; don’t reward your puppy for whining. To enforce your puppy training you need to set the rule that whining is not the way to get what he wants. Don’t give food, treats, or attention for useless whining; if you do you are training him to whine more.